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Difficulties Of Growing Hoodia

Posted by borzack On April - 27 - 2010

Suppose you’ve heard that Hoodia is a great appetite suppressant, and you don’t really want to pay $60 a bottle for a Hoodia supplement, so you’re thinking maybe you should try growing some Hoodia yourself.  Here are all the reasons this is not a practical idea.

One of the major sources of the Hoodia gordonii plant is South Africa.  But they won’t send you any Hoodia plants or seeds unless you have a CITES certificate.  These permission certificates have only been granted to a handful of companies in the world.

The huge demand and very limited supply of Hoodia explains its high price. A kilo of Hoodia cost only $18 back in 2004 before world demand kicked in, but then climbed as high as $250 per kilo.  This has come down somewhat.  Hoodia was selling for something in the neighborhood of $190 to $225 per kilo as of early 2008.  It is thought that the price will continue to decline as more supply becomes available.

Hoodia has been traditionally gathered from the wild.  Farms are now attempting to grow it commercially.  It has, however, proven to be a tough crop to grow agriculturally.  One difficulty is that it does not grow well in most soil, but thrives only in a well-drained sandy soil like that found in the South African desert.

There are several hundred acres of the world’s farmland dedicated to commercial Hoodia cultivation, and that’s it.  These farms are experiencing mixed results.  The Hoodia plant is very vulnerable to rot, as well as puzzling diseases that have defied explanation.  Farmers can lose a whole crop and not know what happened.

Other unusual challenges are involved in growing Hoodia, including its pollination – by flies, not bees.  The fields are full of flies, attracted to the scent of the Hoodia flowers.  This scent has been compared to rotting flesh, or sometimes burning flesh.

Because the plant is so valuable, growers who have been successful often have their seeds stolen from them, so even would-be seed providers can hardly provide any seeds.  To add to the problem, the plant takes more than six years to grow tall enough to be harvested.  Due to this six year window, the shortage and high price of Hoodia will continue until at least 2010, but possibly longer.

Southern African countries are concerned about protecting this native species and its active ingredient, called P57.  The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, or CSIR, has made agreements with the pharmaceutical company Phytopharm and the San tribe.  Phytopharm is a British firm that has secured patent rights to P57.  The native San tribe have been using and growing Hoodia for hundreds of years.  These agreements were deemed necessary to protect the plant as well as these two parties that have a large stake in it.  The CSIR now fears that the growing commercial interest in Hoodia is a danger to these agreements.

Concerns about the plant and these agreements are part of the reason the South African government has created such high hurdles for anyone trying to export or commercially grow Hoodia.  One example is the legal requirement that Hoodia grown in South Africa must be cultivated organically for quality assurance.  This makes it even harder to protect the plant from the diseases that plague it or from pests.

There are now a few commercial farms growing Hoodia in the US, in Arizona and California. But with all the difficulties involved in the commercial cultivation of Hoodia, it’s easy to see why the real thing is costly and hard to get.  It’s also clear that growing your own isn’t really an option.  The best you can do is find an authentic Hoodia supplement and be willing to put out the cash for it. If you’re willing to put out the cash for an authentic and 100% pure Hoodia, then look no further, I have them listed on my Top Rated Pure Hoodia page.

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I was introduced to Hoodia back in 2007. I am not that into diet pills, but with Hoodia Gordonii, the fascination came as a surprise. This blog will give you information on what Hoodia does and does not do. The truth!